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Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds [Paperback]

David C. Pollock and Ruth van Reken
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24 Sep 2009
Filled with real-life anecdotes, Third Culture Kids examines the nature of the TCK experience and its effect on maturing, developing a sense of identity and adjusting to one s passport country upon return. For many third culture kids, this book will be their first opportunity to discover that they share a common heritage with countless others around the world. Highlighting dramatic changes brought about by instant communication and new mobility patterns, the new edition shows how the TCK experience is becoming increasingly common and valuable. The authors also expand the coverage to include cross-cultural kids, children of bi-racial or bi-cultural parents, immigrants and international adoptees all of this bringing hidden diversity to our world and challenging our old notions of identity and home .

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781857885255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885255
  • ASIN: 1857885252
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Growing up as a TCK has been a gift and has significantly shaped my life and work. As I interact with world leaders one day and with those living in refugee camps the next, I continually draw upon my experience of living among different cultures. I am delighted to see the lessons learned from the traditional TCK experience live on in this new edition of 'Third Culture Kids'.--Scott Gration, Maj. Gen. USAF (RET), President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan

About the Author

Ruth E. Van Reken, herself an adult TCK and a parent and grandparent of TCKs, is author of one of the first books written about the TCK experience, Letters Never Sent. David C. Pollock worked with TCKs and adult TCKs for more than twenty years and logged thousands of miles conducting seminars and conferences for TCKs, their parents, and sponsoring organizations.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Third Culture Kids is an interesting treatise on the effects on pthe personalities of kids forced (by their parent's decisions) to live outside of their birth country. The term Third Culture Kids, relates to the fact that these kids (and I am one) were neither part of their birth culture nor the culture of the country in which they were transplanted. Hence a third culture was coined to refer to the place between cultures occupied by these kids.

The book is comprehensive and deals with all aspects of how this affects the child and the Adult TCK too. I was particularly encouraged to read about the constant 'grieving' which TCK's find they live in and the affect of the ultra mobile lifestyle in terms of the lack of 'rootedness'. Both aspects that have plagued my life for many years!

A good book, but tends to be a bit too generic! Not everything that we are landed with is the result of living as a TCK!

Also i should say that not everything that stems from being a TCK is negative. The ability to make friends quickly, navigate around new places and discover common traits in any group of people are all good positive traits that this sort of upbringing instills into TCK's!

And as the new President of the USA is an AdultTCK I am in good company!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a special heritage 22 Jun 2014
Essential reading for all expat parents and their children. This book resonated so profoundly for me that I bought a copy for everyone in my birth family: children of expats who were themselves children of expats.

It examines and explains the common experiences of those who spend a significant part of their development years outside their parents' home culture. Pros and cons are addressed, together with practical advice on how to deal with problems. The authors' understanding of the unique interpersonal and intrapersonal needs of children coming and going from culture to culture is both first-hand and well researched.

As a result of this book, I also suddenly realised that all my friends are TCKs and why so many of us are global nomads; some of us physically, all of us mentally so. There is so much clarification about our shared attitudes and beliefs.

I have since recommended this book to a number of TCKs and parents with TCKs - also when the parents are of different nationalities even if the children live in one parent's birth country.
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On returning to the UK after 18 years away (this time) and with an 11-year old child who had never lived in her passport country, I turned to this book for some guidance and ideas on how to make the transition less painful. It is a fascinating book - I raced through the pages. How I wish I had bought this book before! As a TCK myself, it turned out that not only did it have some ideas to help my child but it helped me understand that my instinctive responses to some situations were probably linked to my nomadic childhood, and had probably shaped the way I had guided how to emotionally deal with this move. Reading the book made me reconsider how important it is to look back whilst moving forward, to acknowledge the sadness of saying goodbye and to find a way to celebrate the memories of the places where we used to live. This book is essential reading for anyone who is bringing up children overseas, or who grew up overseas themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 1 Nov 2010
By Pat
This book really captures the feelings behind TCKs and makes sense of many of the issues that have affected children growing up into adults. It captures feelings from many different cultures and whether one is a child of military parents, diplomats, parents who move through work etc, it answers many of the questions that they have. As a ATCK, this book was of huge help to me making sense of my life. I read it through in about two days as I could not put it down. I really recommend this book for both parents and children.
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